Ovenden make it a round dozen

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West Riding CA: OVENDEN hit Marsden for six for the second successive Saturday, following up their 6-0 league win at Natty Lane with a 6-1 success in the quarter finals of the Premier Division Cup at the same venue.

Their victory margin in the rematch could have been much greater if John Booth and Shaun Gibbons had been more accurate with their finishing.

Booth still managed a hat-trick, his first coming on 10 minutes after excellent work by Martin Ayscough.

With Gibbons and Kevin Megson getting the better of Jason Battye in midfield, the home side soon doubled their lead when Booth danced through a static Marsden defence.

The Huddersfield side pulled one back when Danny Dunn’s cross-shot deceived Chris Moroney on 40 minutes but the visitors were reduced to 10 men when Matt Burns threw a punch at Steve Fullard.

Ovenden took the game by the scruff of the net. Gibbons produced a delightful body swerve and finish to make it 3-1 and Fullard finished off a flowing move involving Ayscough, Megson and Gibbons on the hour.

Ian Hudson ghosted in at the far post for 5-0 and the promptings of David German for the visitors were in vain as Booth completed the scoring.

Brighouse Town Reserves put in another good performance without reward, losing 2-1 at home to Premier Division title favourites Bay Athletic.

The first half was goalless, new signing James Flower going close for Town and Paul Hagreen, stepping up from the under 19s, making two good saves on his debut at the other end.

Brighouse lost centre forward Andy Hawker to injury and the prolific Brighton Mugadza scored twice in 10 minutes midway through the half.

The home side got one back with 10 minutes to go, the keeper getting a hand to Jake Driver’s 25-yarder and Joe Swallow tapping home.

Brighouse pressed in the closing stages and the Bay keeper made a couple of saves to preserve his side’s advantage.

Halifax Irish Club crashed out of the Division One Cup, beaten 6-0 at high-flying Salts.

They were 4-0 down at the break, Lee Grice scoring a hat-trick for the hosts.